Willie Mays, Local Baseball Hero
Original post made by Paul Losch, a resident of Palo Alto, on Apr 30, 2010
Willie Mays played for the Giants when I was a Bay Area kid, and he was rightly an icon.
There is a new biography about him that just has come out. I have heard the writer of the biography interviewed on radio a couple times, and Willie seems to be promoting it too. (If his showing up on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart is to be considered a promotional interview.)
Willie is our Atherton neighbor, and what a wonderful neighbor to have.
What can we remember about him as a Giant? I only have seen it on video, I was too young at the time, but his over the shoulder catch and then throwing the baseball to home plate to get a runner out is a classic.
How about a thread getting started about memorable things that we have experienced with Willie Mays or the Giants in general?
I for one could use a little break from the usual things that require our attention.